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Midlife Crisis 
Midlife Krise
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Echte Harmonie
Companion for Life
Lebenspartner
Goals in Life 
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PARADISE - The Cast

 

Patricia Paradise
She is the central character of the story, appearing practically in every scene. PARADISE is essentially an epic, covering Patricia's entire life, from a seven-year-old to her eighties. We experience her retiring from show business, giving up her singing in order to get a family life in 'Shangri-La'. The movie depicts the contrast of a sexy singer to a mature mother, from a near-to-death woman in the dunes of Death Valley to a happy inhabitant of a desert oasis and from a woman facing the Mafia to one seeing her guarding angel.

Dee Wallace Stone
This terrific actress is best known for her work in "E.T" (by Steven Spielberg), "10" (by Blake Edwards), and "The Frighteners" (by Peter Jackson) as well as about 100 other parts. For PARADISE, she is a perfect fit as the All-American girl. Her incredible talent is show cased in this demanding part, arguably as never before. Ms. Stone undergoes all kind of actors' expression within the complex drama of PARADISE.
Her Internet Movie Database entry:
http://us.imdb.com/Name?Wallace-Stone,+Dee

 

Francis Hiller
As Patricia's husband, he has always stood in her shadow. Having aimed to realize his own dream of
a big time Vegas-casino and hotel, he gets into the dirty hands of the Mafia through his half-sister
Katherine. Shielding his wife from his financial troubles, he increasingly gets romantically involved with the possessive Katherine. His life seems to be at a dead end, so he decides to let go his past life and join Patricia's dream of a family-life in 'Shangri-La'. As he is apparently stricken by a heart attack, Patricia believes that he was just faking his death in order to start a new life with her.

Douglas
He is a look-a-like of a younger and energetic Francis. Patricia meets him in the desert and believes that she has found her vanished husband. But instead of being ready for a peaceful life in 'Shangri-La', he reverts all his promises and aims to bring Patricia back to Las Vegas. Realizes the deception provokes a fight, and he leaves her all by herself in the middle of Death Valley, where he himself will end up after his car broke down.

Henry
He is a look-a-like of an older and mature Francis and quite the opposite character wise of the nagging Douglas. Calm and sensible, he has realized his dream of an unique 'Shangri-La', far away from civilization, in Death Valley. There he lives contently with his father, Henry Senior. As Patricia appears, his life makes quite a turn as she fulfils his long lost desire of a son.

Patricia's Father
He looks like Patricia's future husband Francis. Loosing him at the young age of seven, she became an orphan. Meeting later Francis waked in her the fatherly feelings she hasn't had for long.

Alan (40 yrs)
At 40, Patricia’s son Alan becomes another version of Francis. But is the senile Patricia realizing the fact that her estranged son asks her for forgiveness?

Timothy Bottoms
Character actor Mr. Bottoms has shown his incredible talent as the perfect impersonator of US-President George W. Bush in several TV films. Started, of course, he has as a youngster in "The Last Picture Show" (by Peter Bogdanovich) and "Johnny Got His Gun" (by Dalton Trumbo). He as well was the lead in big-budget epos such as "Hurricane" (by Jan Troell) and "Rollercoaster" (by James Goldstone).
In PARADISE, Mr. Bottoms plays no less than five different parts! He regards this film as his comeback, as lately there haven't been made much use of his gifts as a very versatile actor.

His Internet Movie Database entry:
http://us.imdb.com/Name?Bottoms,+Timothy

 

 

Katherine Hiller
This spider-woman is Patricia's discoverer and manager. She became her sister-in-law after the
marriage of Patricia and her half-brother Francis. Like him, Katherine is a real Las Vegas-person.
As a lawyer, she has been able to launch Patricia's phenomenal success. Sinister and greedy, she is as well responsible for Patricia's increasing unhappiness within the commercial show business industry. As an arm of the Vegas-Mafia, she can't allow to end this profitable money machine, pressing Patricia to go on forever, therefore not respecting her client's private plans.

Barbara Carrera
Ms. Carrera is best known for her sexy role as Fatima Blush in Sean Connery's 007-comeback film "Never Say Never Again" (by Irvin Kershner). And in "Wicked Stepmother", she played alongside Bette Davis' very last film. For long, Ms. Carrera was well fitted playing sexy villainies, such as Patricia's counterpart Katherine. Her beauty, combined with her Latin temperament, gives the first act of PARADISE the desired weight in order to make Patricia escape from superficial Las Vegas.
Her Internet Movie Database entry:
http://us.imdb.com/Name?Carrera,+Barbara

 

Simon
He is Patricia's imaginary Grandfather she never had. This angel came into her life after the tragic death of Patricia’s father. Since then, Simon helps her over obstacles, giving her strength and eventually guides her towards her life-goal, her eternal 'Shangri-La'.

Henry Senior
He is the father of Henry though looks like an earthy version of Simon, therefore completing Patricia's family as he is not only the Grandfather she never had but as well the Grandfather of her real son. Henry Senior lives a content life. But still, his task of not finding this ‘something special’ in Death Valley nags at him.

Mickey Rooney
Mr. Rooney is THE living Hollywood-legend! He is one of the most awarded actors of all time, being in 1939 the worlds top box-office draw! He worked at the stage from childhood on, playing alongside Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. And his off stage life is almost as famous: Married eight times, among them to Ava Gardner. Having something like 300 films to his credit, Mr. Rooney (apparently) never had done a dual-part before PARADISE. Here, he plays the guitar in a self-composed song ("Family") as Henry Sr., but more significantly, his other role as the earthy angel Simon marks a presence, which is difficult to achieve.
His Internet Movie Database entry:

http://us.imdb.com/Name?Rooney,+Mickey

 

Maria
The maid Maria is the good-hearted soul of Patricia's Las Vegas home. To her, Patricia may confide her realistic desire for a family-life in 'Shangri-La'. She is the counterpart to the menace Katherine.

Theresa Saldana
Ms. Saldana played significant parts in such classics as "Raging Bull" (by Martin Scorsese) and "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" (by Robert Zemeckis). On the small screen, she is best known in "The Commish". Off-screen however, she made headlines after surviving a nearly fatal knife attack by a deranged admirer. The issue that Patricia is giving up her life within the endless desert, seeing the death, but then is re-awakened by her guardian angel promising her a worthy life, made Ms. Saldana commit to the relatively small role of the maid.
Her Internet Movie Database entry:
http://us.imdb.com/Name?Saldana,+Theresa

 

Alan
Patricia's rebellious son is haunted by the feeling that calm Henry isn't his real father. His entire
personality indeed is rather similar to the one of Douglas, as they both like the fast paced and
superficial life of Las Vegas than the one of the quite Death Valley. His hangout place is the wreck of
a big car, which turns out to be Douglas grave. At the end, a mature 40 year old Alan asks his aged
mother for forgiveness.

Kristian Horn
Mr. Horn is a very talented newcomer in Hollywood. PARADISE marks his first important role within this experienced ensemble cast. The filmmakers are very happy of how Mr. Horn expresses the underlying feelings of Alan (18 yrs). Timothy Bottoms continued Mr. Horn’s part and played the 40 yrs old grown up Alan.
His Internet Movie Database entry:

http://us.imdb.com/Name?Horn,+Kristian+Hans

 

 

Taxi Driver
He is the catalyst of bringing Patricia from one world, Las Vegas, to her new one, the desert. First,
this menace and crazy character is a devoted PP-fan, but then pops up to loose the respect towards the real person. Caged inside his taxi, this character shows how dull the everyday life in Las Vegas truly is.

Martin Kove
Action star Mr. Kove, best known from the "Karate Kid"-Trilogy and "Rambo II", is the though guy of our cast. His strong presence arches from a typical dull Las Vegas taxi driver to an aggressive macho. Mr. Kove's ability to put some humor in this small part makes his scenes very enjoyable.
His Internet Movie Database entry:

http://us.imdb.com/Name?Kove,+Martin

 

 

Nurse
Engaged by Katherine, the Nurse is sinister incarnate, keeping Patricia constantly drugged after the alleged death of Francis.

Lilyan Chauvin
The Lady of our cast, Ms. Chauvin, of French origins, has been working for decades in high profile films. No wonder that she is busier than most of the Hollywood stars. Her latest offerings have been "Catch Me If You Can" (by Steven Spielberg) and the "The Man Who Wasn't There" (by the Coen Brothers). PARADISE is proud to have this veteran supporting actress playing the part of Patricia's nurse.
His Internet Movie Database entry:

http://us.imdb.com/Name?Chauvin,+Lilyan